I’m not going to lie, it was rough for me when Courtney was a freshman in college as I was a big part of her diabetes management and she was hypo unaware. Although she shared her Dexcom data with us, it was so hard for me to not physically see her and be around her, and that’s when my helicopter mom status kicked into action: “Hey Court, you’re high”, “Hey Court you’re low,” “Hey Court, are you awake?”, “Hey Court, you should have a juice!”, “Hey Court, should you change your site?” and the list goes on and on and on. I was OUT OF CONTROL and what I didn’t realize was that my husband was texting and calling her too. This went on for a few weeks and then came the text from Courtney saying “Hey, can we talk tonight?”.
She called that night and asked us to stop texting and calling her all the time about diabetes. She told us she could manage it on her own…except for at night because she doesn’t wake up to her lows. And then she said, ” feel free to call or text and ask about my classes, school work, friends, etc….just don’t make it all about diabetes all the time.”. She was right…what were we doing? We actually had no idea because we had never done this before….we had never sent a kid off to college with type 1 diabetes.